from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To be irritating, wearisome, or vexing to. See Synonyms at annoy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. to irritate; annoy; bother

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To weary; to give pain; to annoy.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To weary; give pain to; annoy: now chiefly used with the impersonal it.
  • To feel weary or annoyed.
  • Weary; tired.
  • n. Weariness; irksomeness.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. irritate or vex


Middle English irken, to weary, possibly from Old Norse yrkja, to work, make verses, harangue; see werg- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English irken ("to tire, grow weary"), from Old Norse yrkja ("to work"), from Proto-Germanic *wurkijanan (“to work”), from Proto-Indo-European *werǵ- (“to work”). Cognate with Icelandic yrkja ("to compose"), Swedish yrka ("to urge, argue"), Old English wyrcan, wyrċean ("to work"). More at work. (Wiktionary)


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